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2nd Meeting of the INL International Scientific Council

 - 23/01/2009

Logo of INL International Iberian Nanotechnology Laboratory The International Scientific Council of the INL – International Iberian Nanotechnology Laboratory met in Braga on 23 January 2009 to consider its activities regarding the establishment of this new international laboratory.

The meeting was attended by the President of the INL Board and President of the Knowledge Society Agency (UMIC), Luis Magalhães, the Director-General, José Rivas and the Deputy Director-General, Paulo Freitas.

The members of the INL International Scientific Council are:

  • Roberto G.M. Caciuffo, Research Director for Actinoids, European Commission, Joint Research Centre, Institute for Transuranium Elements, Karlsruhe, Germany.  
  • Thomas Jovin, Director of the Department of Molecular Biology, Max-Plank Institute for Biophysical Chemistry, Göttingen, Germany.
  • Emilio Mendez, Príncipe de Asturias Award for Scientific and Technical Research in 1998, Department of Physics and Astronomy of the State University of New York at Stony Brook, from 1 November 2006, Director of the recently established Center for Functional Nanomaterials which is one of the five nanocentres financed by the Department of Energy of the USA, which is being constructed at Brookhaven National Laboratory, New York, USA, to be completed by April 2007.
  • Christopher B. Murray, American Chemical Society's Nobel Laureate Signature Award in 1997, Richard Perry University Professor of Materials Science and Engineering and Chemistry at the University of Pennsylvania since October 2006, Manager of the Nanoscale Materials and Devices Department, IBM, T.J.  Watson Research Ctr., Yorktown Heights, New York, USA, where he worked from 1995 to 2006, Richard Perry University Professor at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia.
  • Aristides A. G. Requicha, holder of the Gordon Marshall Chair in Computer Science and Electrical Engineering, Director of the Laboratory for Molecular Robotics, University of Southern California, in November 2006 named  editor-in-chief of IEEE Transactions on Nanotechnology, Los Angeles, USA.
  • Mihail C. Roco, Carl Duisberg Award, Burgers Professorship Award, Engineer of the Year Award (1999, 2004), Chair of the Subcommittee on Nanoscale Science of the US National Science and Technology Council, Coordinator of the Engineering and Technology Initiative for Academic Liaison with Industry of the National Science Foundation (NSF), Senior Advisor for Nanotechnology at NSF, he worked on the drawing up of the US National Nanotechnology Initiative which was approved in 2004, in Arlington, Virginia, USA
  • Heinrich Rohrer, 1986 Nobel Prize Winner for Physics for the invention, along with Gerd Binnig, of the Scanning Tunneling Microscope, when he worked at the IBM Research Laboratory in Zurich, Wollerau, Switzerland.  

The meeting was attended by all the members of the International Scientific Council, with the exception of Aristides Requicha and Emilio Mendez.

During a break in the meeting, the members of the Scientific Council visited the INL construction work, which was proceeding rapidly.

The international Scientific Council showed their strong appreciation for and satisfaction with the progress verified since the previous year, concerning the construction and the contracting of Post-Doctorate researchers and the awarding of PhD scholarships and the way in which it is setting up a collaboration network with various nanotechnology laboratories in Spain, Portugal and other countries, and issued recommendations for the future.

The INL is currently under construction in Braga, and is a joint initiative between Portugal and Spain. It is the first international scientific organisation in the Iberian Peninsula and also the first, and until now the only, scientific organisation within the area of nanotechnology with an international legal status.

Last updated ( 16/07/2010 )